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Giovanni van Bronckhorst was visibly disappointed after his side lost their opening Eredivisie fixture of the year at FC Zwolle on Saturday night. The hosts won 3-1 on a bitterly cold night.
The visitors started well, with Steven Berghuis close to giving Feyenoord a deserved lead. ‘We did fall behind after that,’ said Van Bronckhorst, ‘but I didn’t feel it panicked us. With that great goal by Robin (a Van Persie free kick, ed.) we recovered well and we should have continued in the same way after the break.’
That did not really happen, as Van Bronckhorst also observed. ‘Our positioning was not good, we were not alert and attentive and that gets you into problems here. We were not up to scratch defensively today, we gave away too many chances. I don’t have an explanation for that, but it’s clear we have a lot to discuss from this match.’
If defeat was not enough, Van Bronckhorst lost Justin Bijlow and Jan-Arie van der Heijden to illness and injury. ‘Jan-Arie had a coughing fit at half time and it got worse in the second half. It doesn’t look good for Justin at the moment. We hope to have more clarity on how serious his injury is soon.’